Students in Veneshe's October Venetian Plaster training and restoration project in Mondaino, Italy learned plaster application methods and techniques, while working on a restored, centuries' old country home once owned by a professor at the University of Bologna.
Lori Blomstrom taught a technique for applying a layer of smooth, polished Grassello di Calce plaster over Marmorino, creating a custom blended effect sensitive to the care and authenticity of the restoration work underway.
Training took place during the morning and students enjoyed free time in the afternoon exploring the countryside and savoring all that the region has to offer.
There was ample time to simply living like locals, savoring and enjoying market day in Mondaino or one of the other small towns and villages that present a window into life in Italy sans tourists.When class time wrapped up after lunch, we headed off to explore the nearby countryside: an afternoon trip a top the medieval walled city/republic of San Marino, towering over the countryside; a leisurely stroll along the beach in Pesaro and in the old beach resort of Sirolo, and a day trip to Italy's largest outdoor antiques and art market in Arezzo.
The crowning touch to our week in Mondaino was a gourmet dinner, prepared by one of the students - a former chef - in his home with his family along with the other students.
The fall Venetian plaster training class was designed for those who wanted to enjoy a uniquely rustic and authentic view of life in the Italian countryside. It provided a perfect balance of learning, touring and relaxing, creating the feeling that time was moving more slowly and yet fully, and allowing us to savor every minute.
While the major cosmopolitan cities were within a 3-4 hour drive, we let the local environs open our senses, inspire your artistry, and unleash our creativity.
Guest accommodations included a rustic, communal country farmhouse nestled in the valley outside Mondaino.
Price included instruction, materials, and lodging (7 nights).